Health Tip: Vaccines Are Important for Adults, Too

-- Children aren't the only ones who need protection against a host of dangerous germs, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

Vaccines that you receive as a child may wear off over time, the agency says. The list of vaccinations that you'll need as an adult will vary, based on your age, lifestyle, travel, health conditions and job.

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Health Tip: Vasectomy Has Some Risks

-- About 500,000 men have a vasectomy each year in the United States, preventing sperm from reaching the semen during ejaculation.

While the operation is safe and highly effective in preventing pregnancy, it has its risks, the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development says.

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Health Tip: Leafy Greens May Slow Cognitive Decline

-- Eating one serving of green leafy vegetables per day is associated with slower age-related cognitive decline, recent research suggests.

Reported in the journal Neurology -- the study involved 960 adults with an average age of 81 and no sign of dementia.

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Health Tip: Recognize an Anxiety Disorder

-- Anxiety is a normal response to stress, but if it becomes overwhelming and difficult to conduct your daily routine, it may be time to seek help.

Anxiety disorders affect nearly 1 in 5 people in the United States, the Office on Women's Health says. Women are twice as likely as men to develop the problem.

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Health Tip: Suggestions to Improve Your Cholesterol

-- You should check your cholesterol at least every five years, or more often if there's a problem, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) says.

Your blood sugar and blood pressure could influence your cholesterol levels, the association says, so a person with diabetes should pay particular attention to these risk factors.

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Health Tip: Waist Size May Help Predict Heart Attack

-- Your waist size, especially if you're a woman, might predict your risk of a heart attack, the American Heart Association says.

British researchers writing in the Journal of the American Heart Association recently reported that women who have bigger waists -- relative to their hips -- are at greater risk of heart attack than men with a similar body shape.

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Health Tip: Risk Factors For Insomnia

-- Insomnia -- the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep -- affects more women than men, and older people more than younger ones.

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says people at increased risk for insomnia include those who:

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